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Frontier Evolving with Darwin

News item submitted by Frontier
News item dated 19 Feb 2010

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It has been an exciting week here with Frontier, with a recent project coordinator returning to the office from Tanzania sharing stories from far a field. Sam Fox has been coordinating the progress of our field research in the Tanzanian savannah, pulling together the research required and making sure all parties are informed of the necessary measures to protect key natural habitat.

You may be forgiven for thinking Sam has been lounging on a sun-bed for the past month, considering her tan this time of year, however Sam and the rest of the Frontier staff in Tanzania have had their hands full. Over the past six months Frontier have been working hard putting together a sustainable management plan, more commonly known as the ‘Darwin Project’. The Darwin project is looking to manage a key area for migration called the ‘Rupia Corridor’ in Tanzania, helping conserve the vital flow of biodiversity and protect endangered species in the areas between ‘such and such’. This has proved an exciting task not only for Frontier staff, but also for the surrounding communities who have shown a great interest in conserving their natural environment and supporting the work we are doing. In the coming months this will hopefully lead to an educational program looking to harness the local enthusiasm and knowledge for the surrounding areas.

Frontier have also been collaborating with various organisations and the local district to ensure that all is done to conserve an area hugely biodiverse and sensationally beautiful. All this work would of course not be possible without the financial help from a grant donated by the Darwin Initiative, part of a Defra scheme to conserve areas which are rich in biodiversity but poor with respect to their financial resources. Set up in 1992, the Darwin Initiative has raised close to £75 million for 673 projects in 148 different countries, making it one of the longest running and most successful schemes for conserving essential biodiversity. It’s almost as old as us!

Written by Ed Cremin

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